FACULTY: What is Respondus Monitor and how do I get started using it in my Blackboard course sites?

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is used for live proctoring of online student exams using the student's webcam. Respondus offers daily 45-minute training webinars with live Q&A, which is a great way for instructors to learn how to use Respondus Monitor for online proctoring.  Each session is followed by an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live.

Please note that Respondus Monitor is part of a limited-availability license with only a finite amount of "seats" available per semester. If you wish to utilize Respondus Monitor for your course, please consult the Teaching & Technology Center at ttc@bridgew.edu prior to implementation.

See Blackboard's Respondus Getting Started Guide or the Respondus Instructor Quick Start Guide for more information.

To create an exemption for a student using Respondus Monitor, review our Knowledge Base article with step by step instructions.

Reviewing Flags in Respondus Monitor

The flagging system in Respondus Monitor now supports three sensitivity levels: Strict, Standard, and Relaxed. The default setting is Standard.

Sensitivity Setting options

The Strict sensitivity setting detects when portions of the face have moved outside of the video frame, or when both eyes of the test taker aren’t visible. When this occurs, a Partial Missing flag will appear in the proctoring results.

With the Relaxed setting, what you’ll notice most is that it reduces the sensitivity of Missing flags. If the face or eyes are partially missing from the webcam video but Respondus Monitor can still detect the student is there, the Missing flag is less likely to trigger.

Which of the three settings should you choose? It depends on the testing scenario. The relaxed setting might be preferred with open-book exams since students often turn away from the webcam to look at notes or books. Strict sensitivity might be appropriate for tests where students aren’t using outside resources like books, calculators, or scratch paper.

One of the best aspects of the new sensitivity setting is that an instructor can select it after students have completed their exams. This is possible because the setting appears on the proctoring results page. When the sensitivity level is changed, the Review Priority scores and the rankings of the proctoring sessions are immediately updated for the instructor.

Respondus Monitor review panel

Students can access built-in troubleshooting and live chat from within Respondus Monitor if they encounter a technical problem. Both students and instructors can refer to the Respondus Troubleshooting page for more information. 

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